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Shamrock Rovers swoop on deadline day for highly-rated Galway defender

Centre-half Lee Grace seals Tallaght move.

Grace: ever-present in Galway's league campaign.
Grace: ever-present in Galway's league campaign.
Image: Oisin Keniry/INPHO

SHAMROCK ROVERS HAVE signed highly-rated defender Lee Grace from Galway United for an undisclosed fee.

Rovers moved quickly with an improved offer to snap up the 24-year-old before the transfer window closes later tonight.

Grace joined Galway from Wexford Youths last December, and while he spent just seven months at Eamonn Deacy Park, was an ever-present in United’s league campaign.

“We’d been looking at centre-half in the off season and we couldn’t get the right player in. and by the time we got to Lee, he was already signed,” Hoops boss Stephen Bradley explained.

“It’s great that we’ve managed to get it done now.

“He was impressive with Wexford. A few teams were looking at him, he was in the army at the time and he didn’t want to go further. I think this year he’s taken the step to go and play at a full-time level which is why he went to Galway and why he hadn’t moved earlier.

“He’s been excellent for Galway this year and we’re delighted to get him. He’ll be a real asset to us.”

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